Saturday, May 31, 2008

158 - A Passion for Making Travel Agents Successful, Scott Koepf & NACTA

Podcast Number One-hundred-fifty-eight

Scott Keopf, a recognized leader in the travel industry recently took the helm at the National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents (NACTA). Scott shares his enthusiasm about helping the home based travel agent create a successful travel career. Listen and learn what Scott and NACTA are planning that will help you create a successful travel business. In listener email, Barry responds to a listener who asks how to go about choosing a host agency and about how a travel agent receives payment for a client's vacation.

In the listener email we talked about Tom Ogg's website as a great location to learn about host agencies. Tom's website is at http://www.homebasedtravelagent.com/

Check out the new AGENT2AGENT forum at http://agent2agent.lefora.com/forum/



This podcast is sponsored by GoToMeeting

Check out Lorenes travel agent website at www.sharptonguedconsulting.com.

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Stop by my travel business site
Special Destinations where you can just browse or create your own account and blog. Would you like to get more information about the travel business, about life and about business in general? Check out my personal blog at http://www.hometravelagent.net/WordPress/ Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast. You can email me at barry@hometravelagent.net or email Lorene at sharptongued@mac.com



Sunday Morning Coffee 2 - A Tribute To StarbucksThe Apogeez
"Caffination Station" (mp3)
from "Sunday Morning Coffee 2 - A Tribute To Starbucks"
(BuddhaWax)

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

157 - Become Recognized as a True Travel Professional!

Podcast Number One-hundred-fifty-seven

Is credibility, competence, education and experience important to you. You can bet those qualities are important to the clients and suppliers you serve. The problem is telling the world you possess these essential qualities. The Travel Professionals Network is developing designations you earn by demonstrating such qualities. The Travel Professional Network designations will help you tell the world you are a professional travel agent. Listen to the show and learn more about the Travel Professionals Network and the process to earn these important credentials.


Other links we discussed in the show:

The Amateur Traveler Podcast

The Aetna Insurance Company - for individual health insurance

The American Community Insurance Company - for individual health insurance


Check out the new AGENT2AGENT forum at http://agent2agent.lefora.com/forum/



This podcast is sponsored by GoToMeeting

Check out Lorenes travel agent website at www.sharptonguedconsulting.com.

Check out
Blubrry. It's a great place to be a listener. You can comment on podcasts you listen to and you can sign up to be friends with the podcasters on the Blubrry Network. Go over to Blubrry, sign up and become my friend. I would like to get to know all of you!

Stop by my travel business site
Special Destinations where you can just browse or create your own account and blog. Would you like to get more information about the travel business, about life and about business in general? Check out my personal blog at http://www.hometravelagent.net/WordPress/ Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast. You can email me at barry@hometravelagent.net or email Lorene at sharptongued@mac.com



ExperienciasYolanda Duke
"Ya te olvide" (mp3)
from "Experiencias"
(Amigos Music)

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

156 - How to Stand Out As A Travel Agent

Podcast Number One-hundred-fifty-six


In this show Barry and Lorene talk about things you can do for your client that will make you stand out as a travel agent. Listen and learn about a variety of resources available for your clients where they can learn about destinations, walking tours, weather, hotel rooms and much more. Plus you have the opportunity to attend a virtual travel expo coming up soon. Listen and learn more!

Links we discussed in the show:

Double Tree Hotel in Bay City, Michigan

Agent at Home Magazine

The Virtual Home Based Expo

The Weather Underground

The Amateur Traveler Podcast

Tips for Travellers

Notes From Spain

Virgin American Airlines

Check out the new AGENT2AGENT forum at http://agent2agent.lefora.com/forum/



This podcast is sponsored by GoToMeeting

Check out Lorenes travel agent website at www.sharptonguedconsulting.com.

Check out
Blubrry. It's a great place to be a listener. You can comment on podcasts you listen to and you can sign up to be friends with the podcasters on the Blubrry Network. Go over to Blubrry, sign up and become my friend. I would like to get to know all of you!

Stop by my travel business site
Special Destinations where you can just browse or create your own account and blog. Would you like to get more information about the travel business, about life and about business in general? Check out my personal blog at http://www.hometravelagent.net/WordPress/ Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast. You can email me at barry@hometravelagent.net or email Lorene at sharptongued@mac.com



The Shanghai Restoration ProjectThe Shanghai Restoration Project & Dez
"Miss Shanghai" (mp3)
from "The Shanghai Restoration Project"
(Undercover Culture Music)

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

155 - What Happens On A Fam Trip?

Podcast Number One-hundred-fifty-five

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Lorene recently returned from Hawaii where she was a guest of GoGo Vacations and learned what they offer clients. Lorene toured several resorts and experienced first hand what the properties offer. This is a great travel agent education. You can learn what different properties offer and you can design a perfect trip for a client with this kind of knowledge. Listen in and learn if you are wondering what happens on a familiarization trip (Fam Trip).

Check out the new AGENT2AGENT forum at http://agent2agent.lefora.com/forum/



Diamond Head Vacations


Then Inc Magazine article about the Travel Agent as a secret weapon.


This podcast is sponsored by GoToMeeting

Check out Lorenes travel agent website at www.sharptonguedconsulting.com.

Check out
Blubrry. It's a great place to be a listener. You can comment on podcasts you listen to and you can sign up to be friends with the podcasters on the Blubrry Network. Go over to Blubrry, sign up and become my friend. I would like to get to know all of you!

Stop by my travel business site
Special Destinations where you can just browse or create your own account and blog. Would you like to get more information about the travel business, about life and about business in general? Check out my personal blog at http://www.hometravelagent.net/WordPress/ Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast. You can email me at barry@hometravelagent.net or email Lorene at sharptongued@mac.com



AsunciónPacifika
"Me Cai" (mp3)
from "Asunción"
(Six Degrees Travel Series)

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Sunday, May 04, 2008

154 - Are You Connecting With Your Host Agency?

Podcast Number One-hundred-fifty-four

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Connecting with your host agency is important. Getting to know the host agency's procedures, training opportunities, back office support and people is critical to your business. Lorene talks about her experience at the Nexion conference where she connected with her host agency Nexion.

Barry received an email from a listener asking for advice on how to market his travel business. John Jantsch of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast describes the marketing process as, "know, like, trust, buy, repeat and refer." Barry describes this process on the show in his response to the listener email.


This podcast is sponsored by GoToMeeting

Check out Lorenes travel agent website at www.sharptonguedconsulting.com.

Check out
Blubrry. It's a great place to be a listener. You can comment on podcasts you listen to and you can sign up to be friends with the podcasters on the Blubrry Network. Go over to Blubrry, sign up and become my friend. I would like to get to know all of you!

Stop by my travel business site
Special Destinations where you can just browse or create your own account and blog. Would you like to get more information about the travel business, about life and about business in general? Check out my personal blog at http://www.hometravelagent.net/WordPress/ Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast. You can email me at barry@hometravelagent.net or email Lorene at sharptongued@mac.com



SamuraiOshari
"Way Of The Zen Warrior" (mp3)
from "Samurai"
(MG Music Ltd)

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